Oakland Athletics hire MLB’s first-EVER female play-by-play commentator with Jenny Cavnar taking over the mic for the upcoming season

  • Jenny Cavnar has covered the Rockies and Padres as she enters her 18th season
  • Cavnar also covered men’s and women’s basketball and the Olympics
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NBC Sports California has hired Jenny Cavnar as the primary play-by-play announcer for their Oakland Athletics coverage, making her the first woman to hold the position in MLB history.

With over 17 years of experience covering baseball, the network Cavnar’s hiring was announced Tuesday, as she will call most of the A’s games this coming season.

For the past 12 years, Cavnar has been on the field as a backup play-by-play announcer, pre- and post-game host, and reporter for regional TV coverage of the Colorado Rockies. She also previously worked as a reporter and anchor covering the San Diego Padres.

“It’s a dream come true to join the broadcast team for the Oakland A’s and their rich baseball history,” Cavnar said. “Growing up as the daughter of a baseball coach, I loved the game from a young age, along with the stories, history and relationships that the game has to offer.

“I am excited to begin my 18th season as a major league broadcaster with my good friend, Dallas Braden, and share our experiences with the loyal fans of the Athletics as we go on this ride together.”

The Oakland A's hired Jenny Cavnar as the first female play-by-play announcer in MLB history

The Oakland A’s hired Jenny Cavnar as the first female play-by-play announcer in MLB history

Cavnar will be the play-by-play voice of NBC's Athletics coverage starting next season

Cavnar will be the play-by-play voice of NBC’s Athletics coverage starting next season

Cavnar enters her 18th season covering MLB after stints with the Rockies and Padres

Cavnar enters her 18th season covering MLB after stints with the Rockies and Padres

In 2015, Cavnar became the first woman to provide analysis for a National League Series on radio. Three years later in Denver, she became the first woman in a quarter-century to call the TV play-by-play for an MLB game.

Additionally, Cavnar is a regular contributor to MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM during the regular season and playoffs.

Outside of baseball, Cavnar has covered several sports as a reporter and anchor. She covered the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL, co-hosted an Olympics show and worked as a sideline reporter and show contributor for San Diego State Athletics. She also called men’s and women’s college basketball for FS1 and Pac 12 networks.

Cavnar’s work has earned her five Emmy Awards and made her the first woman to be named the 2021 Colorado Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

“Jenny is a very talented broadcaster with significant experience covering baseball,” said Matt Murphy, president and general manager of NBC Sports California and NBC Sports Bay Area.

‘She was a trailblazing professional who earned the admiration of fans and her peers throughout her career. We are very excited for her to join our excellent team and lead our A’s coverage starting this season.’